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dispersants. and other radiation leaks strikes japan's fukushima power plant as the operating company says highly contaminated water may have reached the ocean. and shake up the n.s.a. the u.s. spy agency is longest serving chief was due to step down after months of damage control following added snowden's revelations plus. just a few kilometers from the capital damascus but it is like a state within a state. are the reports from the heart of the syrian rebel movement where local say they feel besieged by rival brigades battling for control.
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this is already coming to you live from moscow with me or even josh. how fresh alarm bells have gone off at japan's crippled fukushima nuclear power plant were record high radiation levels have been detected the plant's operator tepco says a storage tank has leaked contaminated water into a ditch where readings are now at twelve thousand times higher than they were just a day ago to suspect some of the water may have already seeped into the ocean and authorities reading reports this is just the latest in a series of calamities to strike the now infamous facility two and a half years to admit the painful truth needs help. we are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem my country needs are knowledge and expertise the past few months have been marked by growing problems at fukushima several workers have been exposed to radiation the levels of which are
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reportedly at their highest since the accident in two thousand and eleven and on top of that there is the issue of leakage this is the reactor inside it is the reactor core the actual nuclear part of the plant this is water which is used to call the nuclear course or doesn't burst in flames that water obviously has to go somewhere so it goes into a special container which is slightly below the reactor itself where eradicated water is stored and then filtered unfortunately at the fukushima plant the situation is such that this container with the ready to water is located on the very seashore this is the ocean and the problem with the fukushima is that there is a leak supposedly right here so from there you've read it water is flowing into the pacific ocean sadly russia has a lot of experience well for when it comes to wiping up remnants of the nuclear catastrophe it has had its own death the last in a quarter of
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a century. or another before ph should be treated just like chernobyl has a record that must be retired and put in a sarcophagus the problem with is that they can't decide whether they want to close its doors to keep it going closing the plant doesn't seem to be an option for tepco the company operating the facility which many in japan blame for the failure to handle the fukushima crisis in fact tepco is pushing towards reopening it because she was lucky facility the world's largest nuclear power station it was shut down in two thousand and seven following reports of radioactive leak after a powerful earthquake but the power giant seems undeterred by the prospect of having two malfunctioning nuclear power station on its hands maybe home. being an international effort would solve both problems at the same time in a godless go r.t. now because she has problems began when the earthquake and tsunami ruptured its cooling systems in march two thousand and eleven causing a meltdown it took
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a whole year for japan's government to admit the nuclear disaster was caused by the improper handling aba crisis which the plant operator tepco says could have been avoided years after the crisis hit radiation was recorded in a nearby fish stocks week it was discovered at a storage tank for contaminated water and when tepco finally admitted to the spill it's revealed that up to three hundred tons of radioactive water was flowing into the ocean every day nuclear expert robert jacob says there is no quick fix for the ongoing crisis which he things will last for decades. nobody really knows how to solve the problems at fukushima there is no nobody who has solutions to these problems that are unprecedented so even bringing in outside expertise all that they can do is try to problem solve there's no solution that other countries have that
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they can come in and. fix the reactor or rather shut down the contamination shut down the leak so even other countries coming in and bringing their expertise will hopefully bring more professionalism in tepco has shown in the last two and a half years but even those experts will be at a loss if so how to solve the immense problems that will be facing for decades. and more updates and analysis on the crisis on our website we've been closely following events since disaster struck and have an extensive database of reports opinions and eyewitness accounts are all just a click away at our team dot com. we have america's national security agency credits with a major. the organization's covert surveillance operations is due to quit early next year army general keith alexander who is the n.s.a.'s longest serving chief has come under intense pressure since whistleblower edward snowden revealed the
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vast scale of government snooping. has the details. the man who has made indiscriminate global surveillance and data gathering part of the fabric of america is leaving his position general keith alexander director of the national security agency is reportedly stepping down from his reign within the next six months it would be hard to deny that this unexpected exodus would be happening if not for whistleblower edward snowden general alexander's eight year tenure at the n.s.a. came under a worldwide criticism earlier this year after snowden a former n.s.a. contractor revealed details about the n.s.a.'s global gathering of telephone e-mail and social media data foreign embassies the united nations and even heads of state were allegedly targeted by america's dragnet surveillance political activist and author eugene puryear says general alexander's resignation is more like
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a fall from grace i think that the revelations from snowden are playing a big role here i mean i think for them to say that this is just sort of a random thing is is sort of absurd i mean it seemed like just a few months ago that keith alexander was being fed it is this great important general who had done all these big things that i think after everything that's been released by mr snowden very row of glee that they're looking for a face that initially general alexander defended the n.s.a.'s domestic spying practices saying the phone surveillance program he spearheaded has more to fifty for terrorist plots or events as it turns out that number was a gross exaggeration last week the n.s.a. director admitted he lied now america's top spy has been nicknamed alexander the great head of reference to all the employees and power he has amassed during his tenure but many say that changing the face of the n.s.a. will likely prevent journalists from continuing to report about america's questionable surveillance practices glenn greenwald's who initially broke the
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n.s.a. spy scandal has personally promise that there are many more a bombshell. those days to come reporting from new york marina for night our take a later our tease breaking the set also turns its attention to the spy chief and the events that preceded his departure well here's a preview. you know after all those tours of duty that combat zone of checking people's facebook likes and their yahoo address books you can understand why he wants some down time it's pretty ridiculous because what they initially told us at first back in march james clapper the director of national intelligence told congress that they're not collecting any data at all on u.s. citizens clearly a wide perjured himself or congress should be in jail based on our existing laws but of course nothing has happened to him because he's too powerful and so that was back in march not collecting any data on u.s. citizens and then we have you know we're collecting data but it's only the better data don't worry about it guys go back to do whatever you do before car dash in
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kanye west or together disco focus on that stuff and then it comes out that oh they're actually harvesting hundreds of thousands in a single day hundreds of thousands of people's address book contacts people who have no connection to terrorism or crime and by the way people who are u.s. citizens. the the. reporting on the war in syria is becoming too dangerous for manny with attacks and journalists forcing more and more to avoid the country a team from sky news are o.b.o. went missing on thursday and they're followed dozens of other abductions at least twenty five journalists have been killed since the start of the conflict nevertheless artie's marie ivanovna managed to make it into one rebel held city. oh yeah brad next to the syrian lebanese border is just eighty kilometers from the capital damascus but it is like a state within
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a state that has its own security forces police and even the army can see its symbols all new authorities here everywhere graffiti or three stars that means free syrian army is controlling this area they syrian military cannot enter your brut is the center of a large mountainous area in western syria known as kalam moon in two thousand and eleven local residents were very much the first to support the n.t.'s out campaign it seems been cut off from damascus and run by the rebels i cover my head as all women here do because we are told this is an area under islamic law. we have civil and local councils we have shariah law tribunals and normal courts we have motifs and noirs the curio just assume we run the town bar so the army can enter and even if they try we are ready to resist and defend our land majid calls these his land
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but in fact born in kuwait and having spent two years traveling the middle east in the gulf he only came here months people series protests began. we resist to the end we have a plan and we have forces to make it happen sure this is who he's talking about the self-styled free syrian army but these fighters don't work with other militants functioning inside as an autonomy armed brigade. they leave in abandoned houses sleeping pray together and claim fighting bashar al assad is their only go twice a week they hear an islamic lecture from a young man who everybody calls the shape he's taking part in the hellish program edge to mecca and started the qur'an in saudi arabia all details on the street every monday and thursday we discuss the revolution the latest military developments as well as our daily routine we discuss what's prescribed or forbidden by its. i asked them whether the jets had and then qaeda affiliated radical islamic groups openly operating in syria like no no no no no we have no relation with the
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nusra we are f.s.a. but are still talking about the news or a is linked to the outside they follow al qaida and for decisions they revert to their army or even our hearing al-qaeda leader we have normal relations with them next we are supposed to meet with people from my list but when our armed guys learn of this they do all they can to stop us the groups controlling the area are not only fighting assad they compete with each other even for media attention been among journalists is seen as something prestigious a school to do and i told to feel from the car but it's one point twist top by a group of gunmen apparently from a hostile brigade and they ask about who we are later our guards told us the man were kidnappers from remote village police nineteen forty journeys to held hostage in syria right now and the price and then lives varies. these areas supposedly run
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by opposition fighters is in fact in the hands of an large number of separate brigades armed groups or just lone rebels with different ideologies and the only food and weaponry and these are locals who pay the bills just as christians have to pay so-called duty this is our input into society we go to church and pay if muslims do also we pay for internal security brigades for relief aid and courts. the situation in your brood is critical the shortage of food in everything we are besieged. trapped in their own country where more than two years of deadly conflict has only seen corrections and goals increasingly divergent parties morea for national reports from fragmented syrian rebel held territories. syria on the rebel group. too. half a million people are now believed to have died as
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a result of the nato invasion of iraq we asked one of the authors of a new study of the war just what lies behind it staggering figure that reporters just ahead. technology innovation all these developments around russia we've got the future
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covered. right to see. first street. and i would think that you're. on our reporters. in. the in the. welcome back here with r.t. you know a new study based on a business to households all over iraq has concluded that only half a million people have lost their lives as a result of the u.s. led invasion either through direct violence or the collapse of the health care system already spoke to one of the surveys authors who says the high figure will
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come as a surprise to many in the west. clearly the public in both the u.s. and u.k. . under estimates the number of people who died in iraq as a result of that war and that's been true for a long time and i think it's the result of a very specific deliberate. strategy on the parts coalition forces to keep the public thinking that the death toll is low these were fairly rapidly unpopular decisions to to do this invasion and the less the public was able to track the havoc that we were wreaking mongar they could sustain the intervention without public outcry. well the study didn't take into account the sectarian tit for tat that continued after the nails pull out claiming over
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a thousand lives in september alone amy hagopian told us that snow the only saying that fell through the cracks. one major flaw of the study is that households who experienced a great deal of violence were very likely to leave the country and we are pretty sure we missed a lot of people who might have told us about deaths because those people have left so we think our count is actually low. and it makes me come as a surprise that even in the twenty first century mankind has yet to rid itself of slavery but how many people exactly are held in servitude on our planet today on our website with god a staggering report that says the number of modern day slaves across the globe exceeds the population of a country like in israel. and a tropical storm reveals a huge layer of well within the sands of louisiana beach three years on from the
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b.p. oil disaster learn more about it at our team dot com. america is back in business as the government gets restarted after a two week long stalemate at cost the country about twenty four billion dollars the highly anticipated deal however does not solve the major political issues as financial analysts max rod wolff explains who learned what lesson is a big issue we didn't really get a deal we've got to kick the can down the road and revisit this later type of deal the risks are still huge they're still very much there but i do think however that this won't go on forever for two reasons one because i do think that there we have reached or are reaching the limit of public and corporate patients and the other one is you can only do this much damage to yourself publicly for so long before you're so damaged that the world doesn't care and your economy isn't strong enough to lose that much money i do think there's a possibility here that the more reasonable portion of the republican party and there are a bunch of those the more moderate forces the democratic party can work together to
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cleave off the influence of some of the more destructive forces that we've seen come to the fore here in the last couple weeks if that's true that we suffered to get somewhere if that's not true that we just suffered to suffer more in the future and i certainly hope the second one is not how it works out. fears of a default push investors to pull forty three billion dollars out of u.s. based funds making it the largest one week dip in over two years later today larry king speaks to the man who witnessed the previous shutdown from the speaker a seat in the house of representatives your wife calista wonderful lady has a new book out go yankee doodle baby and i'm going to relate this to the current situation that my book deals with the american revolution the founding fathers how do you think they would react to what's going on in two thousand and thirteen in washington we are close and i talk about it because in her book alice the elephant introduces forty year olds to american history and we were we were literally
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talking of the fact that when the founding fathers needed to write the constitution they want to philadelphia they locked themselves in for fifty five days no press conferences no public attacks no leaks fifty five days of hard work i think if the president and the congressional leadership would spend fifty five days together we wouldn't be in the mess we're in they'd have found some common solutions and i think it's sad that we have degenerated from serious people doing serious business to the kind of politics we have today. dutch police say thursday's break in at an apartment block that houses russian embassy staff in the hague was most likely an ordinary burglary incident has added to frictions developing between the two countries since both russian and diplomats came under attack. in of brings us the details. well it's hard to say whether this is a case of diplomatic tit for tat or just pure coincidence but an apartment housing
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russian diplomats in the hague was apparently broken into late thursday we do have more details from the russian foreign ministry spokesman let's take a quick listen employees from the russian embassy in the netherlands came back from work on the seventeenth of october to their apartments located in the housing block out sort of embassies territory they discovered traces of unlawful entry into one of the farms the employee who lives there from the embassies administrative technical stuff is currently on holiday so now the big question of course is whether there's any connection between that break and when days assaultive a senior dutch official here in moscow in that case two men posing as electricians broke into the diplomats home they beat him up and then reportedly drew a heart in lipstick on a mirror with the acronym. for a lesbian gay bisexual and transgender this follows of course the arrest earlier this month of a russian diplomat on suspicion of mistreating two young children also claims he was beaten and custody the dutch officials had apologized for of that detention as
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well now all this of course coinciding with rising tension over russia feeling of peace after this including two dutch citizens who were on board a dutch flagged ship campaigning against drilling in the arctic so a very strange escalation of diplomatic conflicts here. look at what's happening elsewhere in the world now in chile a mass student protests has descended into violence about eight hundred thousand people marched in the capital santiago demanding an end to school and university tuition fees more say in education policy either one up next months for is eventually action water cannons were deployed after demonstrators for walks rivalries and so barricades and fire a nationwide campaign to reshape the education system inherited from the federation a dictatorship has been intensifying over the past two hearers. now a new. in paris there's been a different sort of rally you're looking at a live picture at the moment soon as there is you can see block the entrances to
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their schools in protest at a force of a roma girl the fifteen year old boy was detained by police during a school trip and deported back to cost of a with her family because officials said they had been denied asylum in france incident prompted calls for the nation's interior minister to resign. hundreds of activists protesting against the alleged unlawful treatment of my guards in germany have clashed with police in hamburg the railing in the city center and was blocked and surrounded by security forces for almost two hours it comes a day after a similar protests in berlin where crowds gathered in support of african migrants those two boats recently saying in the mediterranean over four hundred people drowned in those incidents. emergency services and soldiers in laos are still looking for the fuselage and over twenty bodies two days after a plane crashed into the mcconnell river all forty nine people on board wednesday's
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the mastic flight are presumed dead aircraft ran into bad weather as it was preparing to land at a nearby airport. and in canada police have arrested around forty people protesting against shale gas exploration clashes broke out after police tried to dismantle a highway barricade officers reportedly used pepper spray on demonstrators the fog bath with moloko cocktails setting at least five vehicles on fire the incident follows troops of environmental protest saturday that anger will be the focus of our special coverage on global down day they are.
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ireland set to leave its international bailout program says the country's prime minister a five billion euro emergency aid came after the banks collapsed in twenty town bought of demand tax rises and spending cuts to qualify for it even for the bailout terms sir still years of punishing us therapy had for the irish public to pay off the nation's debts and in a padded irish m.p. told my colleague kevin allen that the country is a great expectations of joining in you were unjustified one of two major reasons why we're in this mess is because people didn't listen to people like and cochran who when we joined the euro said step we're all laughing t.j. bush is full engine tears and how right he was and it created a situation where all our public finances were swears a money a cheap interest rates which could never have been sustained are there any positives of the three years of authorities brought your country how can you see
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positives in people not having enough to ace how can you see positives in a situation where they were called the disabled and you see a situation where you have people coming into my office on a zimmer frame looking for help and then you discover that they are the ones who are caring for someone even more sick at home we were told is when we joined up to this european monster that it would make us richer we are certainly not richer when we joined the european union we were not a still curfew when we george the european union we had our independence we unfortunately seem to want to give away everything fortunately there are people in this country who don't want to give away everything and actually believe we should move away from the eurozone and also move out of the european union altogether and try and try a few like const countries like switzerland and norway who manage to do quite well without europe interfering in their affairs and also piling massive bang. yes on our shoulders and coming up in the program the intricacies of the u.s.
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government shutdown and reopening and how much it's costing america in cross to me here in our team. you know when i look more and more into it i find that there were a lot of myths and exaggerations about what happened in russia during the soviet era however one really bad rumor seems to be true if you were an outspoken advocate against the soviet status quo then you could be considered insane and be locked away until the psychiatrist convinced you that khrushchev was brilliant scary stuff but sadly famous grammy award winning singer lauryn hill might be living the life of a soviet does that right now she was convicted of failing to pay five hundred thousand
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dollars in taxes but strangely according to the international business times she was ordered to undergo psychiatric counseling because she believes in conspiracy theories related to the music industry who wrote in her own tumblr account that the music industry is manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex this is a strong accusation from hill but is actually irrelevant if it is true or not you see punishments are supposed to fit the crime and the crime of tax evasion should not have a punishment of mandatory counseling or is more paranoid types like me like to call it reprogramming oh they are usually trivial this celebrity case actually sets a dangerous legal precedent but that's just my opinion. admission free accreditation free comes from. free. arrangement free. free stews free.
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free blog videos for your media projects a free media. tom. hello and welcome to crossfire all things considered i'm peter lavelle crisis averted at least for now washington's dangerous and even good responsible political circus has taken a time out with barack obama still standing however nine of the president nor congress have much to be proud of none of the core issues at the heart of this deadlock have been dealt with washington gridlock is just like i can pick down the road.

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